David Bentley talks about his love of the FA Cup in an exclusive interview in tonight's official matchday programme against Bolton.
The midfielder has been in fine form in an extended run in the side of late and will line-up again as we take on Owen Coyle's side in a fifth-round replay at the Lane.
The 25-year-old made his senior debut for Arsenal in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Oxford United in January, 2003, and then opened his goalscoring account in the same competition exactly one year later, when he netted in a 4-1 defeat of Middlesbrough.
"The cups were always a great chance for youngsters to play early on in my career and the FA Cup has been good to me," revealed Bentley. "Playing my first ever senior game and also scoring my first goal in the competition are special memories.
"The FA Cup has always been a great cup, whether you're watching or playing in it. Everything is on the line in every game you play in it and as a player, I always get a good feeling when I play in an FA Cup match. You just know that if you score, you could be through, or concede and you're out. It's very definite and small margins can mean going through or going out.
"For me, Gazza's free-kick is my biggest memory as a youngster watching football," he added. "It was a brilliant iconic memory in a competition that is famous across the world."
ALSO IN THE PROGRAMME...
Harry Redknapp - The manager's exclusive column.
Eidur Gudjohnsen - The striker talks about his days at Bolton.
Numbers Game - We profile the players to wear numbers 20, 21 and 22 including the likes of Michael Dawson, Luke Young and David Kerslake.
Previous encounters - Club historian Andy Porter reflects on our last 10 FA Cup ties against the Trotters.
A to Z - Our alphabetical tour through the career of Peter Crouch.
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